Friday, 19 June 2009

Great Yarmouth Beach Wheelchair Racing Championship Final

I was at Great Yarmouth on Monday 15 June for the final of the Beach Wheelchair Racing Championship featuring Centre 81 members and carers Great fun for all involved. Photographer: Mike Harrington

American Travel Writers in Norwich

Eight American travel writers on a VisitBritain press trip went to The Maids Head for afternoon tea on Friday 12 June. I took this photograph of the group with The Lord Mayor of Norwich Councillor Eve Collishaw.

Welborne Arts Festival 13 and 14 June

Welborne Arts Festival was a great success with more than 1000 people visiting over the weekend. This really is one of the loveliest event locations in Norfolk. The photograph shows Alex Loughry performing outside the church.

Wednesday, 10 June 2009

Great Yarmouth Beach Wheelchair Racing Championship

Another inspirational activity

Final – Great Yarmouth Inaugural Beach Wheelchair Racing Championship
Monday 15 June at 2.30pm

Great Yarmouth beach behind the Marina Centre
The beach wheelchair racing championship has been organised by Great Yarmouth Tourism with Centre 81, a day centre for people aged 18 and over in Great Yarmouth and surrounding areas who have a physical or sensory disability.

Five Centre 81 members will compete in the final following heats staged on June 1 and June 8.
The Mayor of Great Yarmouth, Councillor Tony Smith and Mayoress Mrs Sara Smith will start the race at 2.30pm and will present a trophy to the winner and medals to all finalists.

Centre 81

Tuesday, 9 June 2009

De Vere Dunston Hall Greenkeeper Top East of England Apprentice

I sent out this story today - very inspiring.

Craig Welford (23) from Great Yarmouth, Greenkeeper at De Vere Dunston Hall, near Norwich is the East of England’s Apprentice of the Year. He received the accolade at Bright Sparks 09, the annual Apprenticeship Awards event organised by the Learning and Skills Council (LSC). Craig automatically goes forward to the national judging process. National winners will be announced on Thursday 16 July.

Craig Welford, who has worked at Dunston Hall for three years said: "I had no GCSEs and was lacking in confidence when I managed to get a summer job at Dunston Hall, travelling by public transport from Great Yarmouth. I put my heart and soul into the job and was really pleased to be taken on as a trainee to do NVQ2 in Greenkeeping. It is fantastic to receive the LSC award, a great boost to my plans, as I begin to study NVQ3. My ultimate ambition is to become a Head Greenkeeper."

Photograph: Craig Welford receives his Bright Sparks Award from Caroline Neville, East of England Regional Director, Learning and Skills Council.